Saudi Arabia records more COVID-19 recoveries than infections in past 24 hours

An aerial view shows King Abdullah Finance City and the northern ring road of Riyadh. (AFP)
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Updated 29 May 2020

Saudi Arabia records more COVID-19 recoveries than infections in past 24 hours

  • The death toll in the Kingdom rose by 17
  • Saudi Arabia has just come out of a  24-hour curfew period for the Eid Al-Fitr holidays

LONDON: Saudi Arabia recorded more recoveries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) than new cases, the health ministry announced on Friday.

With 1,581 new infections recorded since Thursday, the Kingdom’s daily case rate continues to fall. 

The ministry announced 2,460 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, which takes the total number of recoveries nationwide to 57,013.

The death toll in the Kingdom rose by 17 to a total of 458 fatalities. 

Saudi Arabia has just come out of a  24-hour curfew period for the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, and citizens and residents began heading out of their homes on Friday on the first day of the government’s three-phase plan to transition back to normality after the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: Saudis head out as coronavirus lockdown eases


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.